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The Westminster Larger Catechism

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B.B. Warfield called the work of the Westminster divines "the finest fragrance of spiritual religion." He continues by adding that it is "the most thoroughly thought-out statement ever penned of the elements of evangelical religion." The Westminster Larger Catechism is still today considered to be a thoughtful, comprehensive work that will bring benefit to those who study the Word of God.

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“The punishments of sin in this world are either inward, as blindness of mind,” (source)

“any religious worship not instituted by God himself;” (source)

“but only as it is an instrument by which he receiveth and applieth Christ and his righteousness” (source)

“countenanced and maintained by the civil magistrate” (source)

“The punishments of sin in the world to come, are everlasting separation from the comfortable presence of God, and most grievous torments in soul and body, without intermission, in hell-fire for ever.” (source)

  • Title: The Westminster Larger Catechism
  • Author: Westminster Assembly
  • Publisher: Faithlife
  • Print Publication Date: 1996
  • Logos Release Date: 2001
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Presbyterian Church › Catechisms; Westminster Confession of Faith; Westminster Assembly (1643-1652) › Larger catechism
  • Resource ID: LLS:15.0.1
  • Resource Type: text.monograph.catechism
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2023-07-14T20:57:35Z

The Westminster Assembly was a synod of British clergy, theologians, and members of Parliament during the lead-up to the British Civil War tasked with restructuring the Church of England. It began on July 1, 1643, with a sermon preached by William Twisse in the nave of Westminster Abbey. Most of the Assembly ceased attending meetings after the new regime required an oath of engagement to the commonwealth in 1649, though nominal meetings continued into the 1650s. The Assembly produced the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, liturgical manuals for the Churches of England and Scotland, and other subordinate standards. The Assembly worked in the Reformed tradition according to covenant theology, taking the Bible as the authoritative word of God. Though the Assembly’s work was repudiated during the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, the Confession of Faith and other standards remained the definitive Reformed confessional literature throughout the English-speaking world.


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